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Hi-fi's and Hi-balls: Golden Age of the American Bachelor Hardcover – 1 Jul 1997

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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081181663X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811816632
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,262,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Debra Phillips "Young people are looking for something they've never encountered before--something that seems exotic," explains Steven Guarnaccia, co-author with Bob Sloan of "Hi-Fis & Hi-Balls: The Golden Age of the American Bachelor. " "For those of us who remember the era firsthand, it's kind of cheesy." And yet, it's kind of a gas, too. As Guarnaccia points out, the 1950s boast at least the appearance of a simpler, less angst-ridden time--with the possible exceptions, of course, of the days of the bongo-playing, stream-of-consciousness, swaying Beatniks. Even these cats, however, knew how to play it cool. Speaking of cool, movies such as "Swingers," lounge-music collections, and clubs featuring the tunes of Percy Faith, Julie London and Bobby Darin continue to be what's shakin' in the cocktail nation. But when space-age bachelor mania stops cookin' with gas, Guarnaccia speculates there will still be interest left in at least one group from that era. "I think we've yet to really see the full flowering of the Beat and hipster angle of it," he surmises. "That may be yet to come." Fine with us. We're ready to go on the road again.

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Steven Guarnaccia is an author, illustrator, and designer whose work has appeared in books for both adults and children. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey. Robert Sloan co-authored A Stiff Drink and a Close Shave with Steve Guarnaccia. He lives in New York City.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 May 1998
Format: Hardcover
One can go through the entire book first only absorbing the pictures, and then once again to get the stories behind the culture. I am a post-modern graphic design major, and found this book invaluable in studying this by-gone, but needs-to-be-ressurected era.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
This books shows us just how LAME the modern male is! 28 Jan. 2000
By Jason Gilmour - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This super cool little book is full of the coolest vintage "guy stuff"! Man, I wish life was still that GONE! This book will have any normal,red-blooded hipster lookin' for a time machine so he can get his but back to the crazy days of cocktails and girl chasin'! Oh lord how the 2000's seem like they are gonna be LAME compared to those wild days. Please get me out of here and back to the NORMAL, techno music free past...PLEASE!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Only the shape of the book is square, man. 11 May 1998
By Andy Jones ( - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One can go through the entire book first only absorbing the pictures, and then once again to get the stories behind the culture. I am a post-modern graphic design major, and found this book invaluable in studying this by-gone, but needs-to-be-ressurected era.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Pseudo-hip observations, an uneven collage of trivia 17 Nov. 2003
By jon sieruga - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Extremely thin in both observation and inspiration, this celebration of the '60's bachelor male is like an extended booklet for one of the CD's in the Ultra-Lounge catalogue. Colorful, yes, and initially fun, but leaving no lasting impressions. I liked the paperback book covers, the hip records, the naughty napkins, but the book falls short on exploring drinks and music--which should've been the focus of the piece. Instead, we get a tiki section (with grass skirt ads!) and a chapter on the Beatnik movement. Bachelors in the 1960's were self-appointed suburban kings, not pot-smoking guys in berets who listened to Lenny Bruce (those were KIDS, not bachelor men). Therefore, the bongos and the hippies are just wasted space in what should've been a much more precise and engaging look at a specific genre.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Taste Filling Less Great 16 Aug. 2000
By Mr. Baby - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book looks great and has tons of photos- it is an enjoyable collection of eye candy. Do not expect any new info from this one. The text describes what the author might imagine this time was like, instead of alowing the reader to draw their own conclusions.
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